In the Edo period, Japan had its first experience of what one might call "intellectual life" in a pregnant sense of the word: a scene that combined serious intellectual pursuits, from poetry writing to the interpretation of the Confucian classics, with intense social interaction. Edo-period Japan was crisscrossed by networks of poets, scholars, artists and collectors who exchanged information, discussed each other's work, cooperated in collaborative projects, and gossiped about each other. Intellectual life in Edo Japan was a seething cauldron of social interaction and competition, sometimes harmoniously productive, sometimes destructively vicious, but never stagnant. This volume, compiled in honour of Prof. W.J. Boot, offers eleven essays that explore the intellectual scene of Edo-period Japan from a variety of perspectives.
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Anna Beerens, PhD (2006) in Japanese Studies, University of Leiden, works as an editor and is active as an independent scholar specializing the the social and institutional history of early modern Japan. Her most recent publication "Interview with Two Ladies of the Ooku" appeared in Monumenta Nipponica vol. 63, no. 2 (2008).
Mark Teeuwen, PhD (1996) in Japanese Studies, University of Leiden, is Professor at Oslo University. He has published extensively on the history of kami cults and Shinto. His latest book is A new history of Shinto (2010, co-authored with John Breen).
"Met vriendschappelijke groet" - Harmen Beukers
Introduction: Aspects of intellectual life in Edo Japan - Anna Beerens and Mark Teeuwen
Entertainment and education: An antiquarian society in Edo, 1824-25 - Margarita Winkel
The prince who collected scholars: The network of Myoho-in no miya Shinnin Hoshinno (1768-1805) - Anna Beerens
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"Not perfectly good": Some Edo responses to Confucius's characterization of Kings Wen and Wu - Kate Wildman Nakai
Confucianism versus feudalism: The Shoheizaka academy and late Tokugawa reform - Kiri Paramore
Minding the gaps: An early Edo history of Sino-Japanese poetry - Ivo Smits
The Way of Heaven in 1816: Ideology or rhetoric? - Mark Teeuwen
The history and miraculous efficacy of the Black Amida: Its significance for Zojoji and its role in the diffusion of Tokugawa myths - Marc Buijnsters
Insincere blessings? Court-Bakufu relations and the creation of engi scrolls in honor of Tokugawa Ieyasu - Lee Bruschke-Johnson
What's in a name? Padre João Rodriguez's discussion of naming practices in his Short grammar of the Japanese language -Jeroen Lamers
The Dufu Haruma: An explosive dictionary - Rudolf Effert
The Kurisaki school of sword wound surgery: From Sengoku to Genroku; Nagasaki to Edo (via Manila) - Thomas Harper
List of publications by Prof. Dr. Willem Jan Boot - Steven Hagers
List of contributors
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